Bedtime Blessings and Prayers for your Family

A bedtime prayer is a perfect way to give thanks for the blessing of the day and to pray for hope for tomorrow. Here are some of the best original Christian bedtime prayers for adults.

Safety Prayer
Heavenly Father, I want to thank you for the many blessings that you have given me today. Thank you for your love and protection. Thank you for watching over my family and me throughout the day. Lord, I ask you to watch over us throughout the night too. Keep us safe from any evil that the enemy has planned against us this night. In Jesus’ name, I believe and pray, Amen.

True Rest Prayer
O Lord, I am grateful that you have enabled me to reach this hour of rest. It has been a very challenging day, but you have seen me through it. I am weary and tired right now. My mind is full of anxious thoughts.  Lord, help me find true rest in you tonight. Set me free from all these anxious thoughts and fill me with your peace. As I go to bed to rest, I ask you, God, to renew me emotionally, physically and spiritually. May I wake up tomorrow refreshed and ready to face the day. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

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Protection Prayer
Father, there are so many things I have done or said today that are contrary to your will, forgive me. If  I have opened any door for the enemy in my life because of sin, Lord, shut them. Cleanse me with the blood of your dear Son and help me to walk in your ways. Jesus, protect me from the terror by night and the pestilence that walks in darkness. I go to sleep knowing that no evil shall befall us this night nor shall any plague come near my dwelling. Thank you for answering my prayers, Amen.

Gratitude Prayer
Lord, I come to you this evening to thank you for my family and friends. I am grateful for all the doors that you are opening and closing in my life. Thank you for the far you have brought me, it is not by might nor by power but by your Spirit. Lord as I go to lie down this night I know that it is only you that makes me dwell in safety. Thank you for giving your angels charge over me, I go to bed knowing that they are watching over me. Thank you for your unconditional love in Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

Blessings Prayer
Lord, bless my family and me this night with quality sleep. May we wake up tomorrow when we are fresh and rejuvenated. Bless our home and neighborhood and keep as safe. Cover us with your wings of love tonight and when we wake up tomorrow helps us to do so with joyful smiles. May all the glory come back to you Father, in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Anxiety Prayer
O Lord, I have been anxious the whole day, and to be honest, my heart is still troubled. Lord, I do not want to go to bed feeling this way. Your word says we should not be anxious, but in prayer and supplications, we should make our requests known to you. I place everything that is making me anxious at your feet and choose to rest in your love tonight. Cover me with your arms of love all through the night and grant me sleep. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

Forgiveness Prayer
Precious Father, I come before you tonight to ask you for forgiveness. There are so many things that I have done today that I am not proud of. Please forgive me, Lord, teach me your ways and hide your word in my heart that I may not sin against you when I wake up tomorrow. Deal with my heart tonight and help me to be light in a world that is full of darkness. Remove guilt from my heart and help me to sleep knowing that I am forgiven and restored, in Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

Peace Prayer
Dear God, as I lay down to sleep, I ask you to give me peace. I have had a very stressful day that has left me restless. Lord, I don’t know what awaits me tomorrow, but I am placing everything in your hands. I will let not my heart be troubled because I believe that you will take care of everything as I sleep. May you peace, which surpasses understanding, fill and guard my heart against all the troubles of the night. In Jesus’ name, I believe and pray, Amen.

Calmness Prayer
Jesus, thank you for showing me how much you love me today. You have used friends, family and colleagues to show me what love is all about. I am so grateful dear Lord. I am sorry for complaining too much. May the meditations of my heart be pleasing to you tonight. God, send your army of angels to protect us tonight as we sleep. Destroy any plans that the devil has against us tonight and help us to sleep peacefully without any form of fear in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Loved One’s Prayer
Dear God, I want to thank you for my loved ones. Thank you for protecting them throughout the day. As we go to sleep, send your angels to watch over them. Shield them from any manner of evil. Let this night be a peaceful one for them. Bless and protect them with your love. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

Hope for Tomorrow Prayer
Lord, I lay down in my bed full of hope for tomorrow because you alone, O Lord, sustain me. Although life is full of challenges, I choose to believe and trust in you. I surrender all of me to you tonight, and I choose to rest in the warmth of your embrace, knowing that you are an ever-present help in time of need. In Jesus’ name, I believe and pray, Amen.

People in the World Prayer
O Lord, you are my God, and I want to worship you this evening. Father, you have blessed in many different ways. I want to say thank you, Lord. Heavenly Father, I bring people from different parts of the world into your able hands. Some of them are sleeping hungry tonight, others are sick, and some of them are anxious. Lord, watch over them and be their source of comfort. Father, meet them at their point of need and give them sleep, for you give sleep to those that you love. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

Blessing through prayer

One of the benefits of establishing a strong bedtime routine is that it can last well into the teen years – especially the habit of praying together before bed. If you prefer traditional, scripted prayer, some lovely bedtime prayers for children have been derived from hymns. A couple of popular ones are Jesus Tender Shepherd Hear Me and Now the Light Has Gone Away. You can search the Internet for other hymns, or select recent worship music to adapt into a heartfelt prayer. If your child is a teen, they may already have some favourite lyrics they’d love you to pray for them.

A quick Internet search will reward you with many other rote prayers for children that are easily committed to memory and, with repetition, will likely be remembered for decades. Although it may take a little more work, there’s huge value in building your own bedtime prayer for your children based on select passages of Scripture. For young children, you may want to focus on passages like Psalm 91, Psalm 121 or Psalm 139 to help allay fears of the dark and reassure them that God is always with them. Some good passages to pray for elementary ages and older are Ephesians 1:17-19, Colossians 1:9-12 or Romans 12:2, but there are many Scriptures you could use.

Another type of prayer you may want to consider is prayer that reinforces the values you consider important as a family. When our children were small, my husband and I often prayed with them the simple request that God would help us be a "learning, playing, caring, sharing family."